# Zonogon

In geometry, a **zonogon** is a centrally symmetric convex polygon.[1] Equivalently, it is a convex polygon whose sides can be grouped into parallel pairs with equal lengths and opposite orientations.

## Examples

A regular polygon is a zonogon if and only if it has an even number of sides.[2] Thus, the square, regular hexagon, and regular octagon are all zonogons. The four-sided zonogons are the square, the rectangles, the rhombi, and the parallelograms.

## Tiling and equidissection

The four-sided and six-sided zonogons are parallelogons, able to tile the plane by translated copies of themselves, and all convex parallelogons have this form.[3]

Every -sided zonogon can be tiled by four-sided zonogons.[4] In this tiling, there is one four-sided zonogon for each pair of slopes of sides in the -sided zonogon. At least three of the zonogon's vertices must be vertices of only one of the four-sided zonogons in any such tiling.[5] For instance, the regular octagon can be tiled by two squares and four 45° rhombi.[6]

In a generalization of Monsky's theorem, Paul Monsky (1990) proved that no zonogon has an equidissection into an odd number of equal-area triangles.[7][8]

## Other properties

In an -sided zonogon, at most pairs of vertices can be at unit distance from each other. There exist -sided zonogons with unit-distance pairs.[9]

## Related shapes

Zonogons are the two-dimensional analogues of three-dimensional zonohedra and higher-dimensional zonotopes. As such, each zonogon can be generated as the Minkowski sum of a collection of line segments in the plane.[1] If no two of the generating line segments are parallel, there will be one pair of parallel edges for each line segment. Every face of a zonohedron is a zonogon, and every zonogon is the face of at least one zonohedron, the prism over that zonogon. Additionally, every planar cross-section through the center of a centrally-symmetric polyhedron (such as a zonohedron) is a zonogon.

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